The Boonville Pirates freshmen basketball team  dropped its second game in as many weeks Thursday night on the road by losing to the Mexico Bulldogs 41-29.
The Pirates, who fell to Mexico in the semifinal round of the Mexico Tournament just last week, trailed at the end of each quarter against the Bulldogs. Mexico led 8-6 after one, 16-11 at the break and 26-17 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Bulldogs outscored Boonville 15-12 to win the game by 12.
Boonville freshmen coach Paul Moore said even though the final score wasn’t what they wanted it to be, he was very proud of the way the boys battled throughout the game.  
“We played much tougher than we have been, and that translated to protecting the ball, limiting turnovers, and getting more rebounds,” Moore said. “However, we didn’t shoot the ball well at all.  We missed a lot of easy layups, made only one 3-pointer, and shot 32% from the free throw line.  We did everything right except put the ball in the net.  I thought that Nick and Nathan stepped up in a big way when we needed them.  Nick did a great job of breaking their press and getting to the rim, while Nathan was big on the boards for us.  
“Those guys will continue to develop into big players and help out the other scorers on our team.  Mexico is a very talented team that has a lot of shooters, so I was happy that we were able to hold them for most of the game until we had to start fouling.  However, we can’t win if we can’t score.  We have an extended break for the holidays, so we will get a lot of shots up over that time and get ready for the new year.”  
Keyton Mahrtruy had 14 points and Tyler Talley 11 for Mexico.
For Boonville, who dropped to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the NCMC, Nathan Platt tossed in eight points. Nick Ferrari had seven, Sam Esser and Josh Chrisman each with six and Gabe Lorenz with two.